Alfred Edward GABY VC

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GABY, Alfred Edward

Service Number: 4053
Enlisted: 6 January 1916, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Scottsdale, Tasmania, 25 January 1892
Home Town: Nyabing, Kent Shire, Western Australia
Schooling: Jetsonville State School and Scottsdale State School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Framerville, France, 11 August 1918, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Heath Cemetery
Plot V. E. 14.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Burnie War Memorial, Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, North Bondi War Memorial, Nyabing Honour Rolls, Scottsdale Municipality Pictorial HR, Winchelsea WWI Memorial
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World War 1 Service

6 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4053, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
1 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4053, 28th Infantry Battalion
1 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4053, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Fremantle
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 28th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1918: Honoured Victoria Cross, Amiens, "For most conspicuous bravery and dash in attack, when, on reaching the wire in front of an enemy trench, strong opposition was encountered. The advance was at once checked, the enemy being in force about forty yards beyond the wire, and commanding the gap with machine guns and rifles. Lt. Gaby found another gap in the wire, and, single-handed, approached the strong point while machine guns and rifles were still being fired from it. Running along the parapet, still alone, and at point-blank range, he emptied his revolver into the garrison, drove the crews from their guns, and compelled the surrender of fifty of the enemy with four machine guns. He then quickly re-organised his men and led them on to his final objective, which he captured and consolidated. Three days later, during an attack, this officer again led his company with great dash to the objective. The enemy brought heavy rifle and machine-gun fire to bear upon the line, but in the face of this heavy fire Lt. Gaby walked along his line of posts, encouraging his men to quickly consolidate. While enaged on this duty he was killed by an enemy sniper."

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Biography

"LIEUT. A. E. GABY, V.C. A STOWPORT HERO TASMANIA'S 10TH V.C.

LONDON, Wednesday. — A London 'Gazette' announces that the Victoria Cross has been awarded to Lieutenant Alfred E. Gaby, 28th Batt., son of Mr. Alfred Gaby, Natone, Tasmania. Lieut. Gaby was killed in action in France on August 11. The official record of the deeds for which Lieut. Gaby was awarded the V.C. is as follows:—

When the attack which Lieut. Gaby was leading reached the wire in front of the enemy trenches, strong opposition was encountered from the enemy, 40 yards distant. Lieut. Gaby found a gap in the wire and approached a strong point single handed, despite machine gun and rifle fire. Lieut. Gaby, running along the parapet alone, emptied his revolver point blank, and drove the crews from their guns. He compelled 40 Germans to surrender with four machine guns. Three days later Lieut. Gaby was killed during an attack by a sniper while walking along the line posts, encouraging his men to consolidate quickly.

Lieut. Gaby is the 10th Tasmanian to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the present war, the others being Lieut. Colonel H. W. Murray (who enlisted in West Australia, and has also received the D.S.O. and a bar, and the D.C.M.) ; Captain J. E. Newland: the late Captain P. H. Cherry. M.C. ; Sergeant J. W. Whittle, D.C.M. ; 2nd Lieut. J. J. Dwyer; the late Sergeant Lewis McGee; Sergeant S. R. McDougall, M.M. ; Ser- geant. W. E. Brown, D.C.M. and bar (enlisted in New South Wales) ; and Sergeant Percy Clyde Statton." - from the North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times 01 Nov 1918 (nla.gov.au) (nla.gov.au)

 

"A BRAVE AUSTRALIAN. Lieut. A. E. Gaby V. C. (By G.S.S.)

The newest Westralian V.C., is Lieut. A. E. Gaby, of the 28th Battalion. The regrettable news ot his death came to hand a few weeks ago, but it will now be a matter of intense satisfaction and pleasure to his many friends to know that this sterling fellow, so quietly and consistently brave, so sincere in all his work, has been posthumously awarded the bronze cross.

Lieut. Gaby left this State in March, 1916, as a sergeant with the 10th Reinforcements of the 28th Battalion, joined the battalion in time for Pozieres, and had practically remained with the unit since that date. Phenomenal luck seems to have followed him, for many of his confreres and the officers of his reinforcements were soon numbered among the casualties. His commission came early in 1917, and during the fighting at Malt Trench and elsewhere in March and April he did splendid work. The Ypres operations towards the close of the year found him still in the front, and the record continues thus right up to his death. Quiet-spoken, sincere, hard-working, modest are but a few of the attributes of an excellent soldier. The battalion is proud indeed to have such a fine fellow with so fine a record, and none but the very deepest of sympathy is felt for all those personal friends and relatives who mourn their loss." - from the Perth Sunday Times 03 Nov 1918 (nla.gov.au) (nla.gov.au)

 

"BURNIE

Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Gaby, of Natone, are in receipt of a message of Royal sympathy in the death of their son, Lieut. A. E. Gaby, V.C., in the service of his country. A letter from a commanding officer says:-

"Your son's name as a soldier and leader will never be forgotten by his battalion. He did extraordinarily good work at Morlancourt and at Villiers Bretonneux, where he was killed on August 8."

Two other sons served the Empire. One returned, the other is on active service." - from the Launceston Examiner 11 Nov 1918 (nla.gov.au) (nla.gov.au)

 

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